Community Emergency Management Co-ordinator

Jeff Edwards

Emergency Planning

Build an Emergency Kit

Your emergency survival kit should have everything you need to be safe and take care of yourself and your family for at least three days. This checklist outlines all the essentials, items to meet your unique needs, and items to have ready in case you have to leave your home.

What to Put in Your Emergency Kit

Essentials

• Food & can opener (non-perishable and easy-to-prepare items, enough for 3 days)
• Water (4 litres per person for each day)
• Flashlight
• Radio (crank or battery-run)
• Extra batteries
• Hand sanitizer or moist towelettes
• First-aid kit
• Medication(s)
• Important papers (identification, contact lists, copies of prescriptions, etc.)
• Cash (and extra car keys)
• Whistle (to attract attention, if needed) 

Special Considerations

• Medical supplies and equipment (cane, walker, hearing aid and batteries, breathing device, etc.)
• Prescription eyewear and footwear
• Dentures and supplies
• Pet food and supplies if you have a pet 

Extra Supplies for Evacuation

• Clothes, shoes
• Sleeping bag or blanket
• Personal items (soap, toothpaste, other toiletries)
• Playing cards or travel game

Other Tips

• Place all these items in an easy-to-carry bag or case on wheels.
• Keep your emergency survival kit in a place that is easy to reach.
• Keep your cell phone or mobile device fully charged.

Helpful Links

Emergency Management Ontario offers information on common summer and winter emergencies to enable people to be "prepared not scared":

http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/beprepared/beprepared.html  - general emergency preparedness information

https://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/ontariowarnings/ontariowarnings.html - information on signing up for alerts and warnings

https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/flds-wtd/index-en.aspx#s1 – what to do in a flood

https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/svrstrms-wtd/index-en.aspx - what to do in a severe storm

https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/pwrtgs-wtd/index-en.aspx - what to do in a power outage

http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/prepared.asp - tornado preparedness

Activities

Below is a kid’s emergency preparedness activity sheet that parents and schools can use:

Download a copy of the Children's Activity Booklet